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Russia: Don't force Ukraine to choose between Russia and West

  • Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks on during a meeting with his Luxembourg's conterpart Jean Asselborn in Moscow on February 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV

MOSCOW: Ukraine must not be forced to choose between close ties with Russia or the West, Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday in Moscow's latest warning to the European Union and United States not to try to shape the ex-Soviet state's future.

"It is dangerous an counterproductive to try to force upon a Ukraine a choice on the principle: 'You are either with us or against us'," Lavrov said at a joint news conference after talks with Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

 
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